Thank you to everyone who took part in the 12th World Down Syndrome Day, 21 March 2017!

Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.

Down Syndrome International encourages our friends all over the world to choose your own activities and events to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.


#MyVoiceMyCommunity – Enabling people with Down syndrome to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action, to be fully included in the community

In 2017, we worked with our global network to:

  • Explain why it is important for people with Down syndrome and their advocates to speak up and influence local, national, regional and international policy makers.
  • Explain what the key policies are which affect the lives of people with Down syndrome and how they can ensure full society inclusion if implemented.
  • Explain how advocates can get involved – from media campaigns to direct political advocacy.
  • Explain how to empower people with Down syndrome (and those supporting them) to advocate for themselves and provide accessible tools to facilitate this.  

We encouraged people with Down syndrome to say "My Voice, My Community" and we asked everyone to respond to our call by sharing and showing the world how people with Down syndrome participate in the community alongside everyone else.

Download our:

WDSD 2017 Campaign Toolkit

WDSD 2017 Easy Read Toolkit (English) (Portuguese)

WDSD 2017 Social Media Toolkit

Our WDSD Global Video Event , WDSD Conference - New York and WDSD - Geneva all explored this important area of focus.


We shared your WDSD World Events on our dedicated WDSD website (and social media) in a single global meeting place.

Once again in 2017, we invited everyone across the world to wear LOTS OF SOCKS on 21 March to get people talking about WDSD.

LOTS OF SOCKS logo socks and t-shirts, together with WDSD t-shirts, were available from our WDSD Merchandise online shop.

The WDSD Awards were announced in March 2017.   

Some fundraised for Down Syndrome International and/or local charities, via our WDSD Fundraising page.

Many joined us on our various WDSD Social Media channels.

Please contact our International Office should you have any queries.

Whatever you did, together we created a very loud single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome on 21 March!